So I observe over on Ensight that Jeremy has basically sold his blog for something in the neighborhood of $15,000 (Canadian or USD?), and still got a sweetheart deal:
I am effectively considering bidding closed. I have a deal on the table. It’s substantial, is from a longtime Ensight reader, allows me to keep editorial control and turns me into a paid blogger.
Right on! It’s the blogging brass ring. I’ve been thinking lately of ways to make money doing this whole blogging/”nanopublishing” thing, and in addition to this highly apropos example, I’ve been poking around the Weblogs, Inc. sites to get a feel for what they’re doing and how.
I’m not necessarily talking about writing in general—that’s a whole different topic that I will actually address sometime soon—but rather how to leverage some of these trends and technologies in weblogs toward money. It seems to me that if you can’t get someone to pay you to blog, then the best bet is to bootstrap yourself via advertising (Google’s AdSense and/or other?), like what the Weblogs, Inc. guys (and guys like Nick Denton) are doing. And perhaps via the “tip jar” method: accepting PayPal donations and the like. And of course this doesn’t even address RSS…
Not to say I’m ready to give up blogging if I can’t make money at it; I’m not, of course, there’s too much of the writing bug in me. But I’ve got some ideas in mind and I’m wondering, can it be done?